The heartbroken 12-year-old daughter of a man who was fatally stabbed in Ingoldmells says she “dreams every night” of telling him she loves him and wishing him goodnight. Gareth Hart, 43, from Barnsley, was killed outside Fantasy Grill & Balti, on Sea Lane, whilst on holiday with his family in Ingoldmells.
Joseph Allan Malek, 33, of Market Place, Belper, Derbyshire, has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of manslaughter. He stabbed Mr Hart in the Ingoldmells car park in the early hours of Friday, April 6, 2023.
An argument broke out between the two men outside the takeaway and became physical, with Malek pulling out a pen knife and fatally stabbing him in the heart.
An emotional statement, written by Gareth Hart’s 12-year-old daughter, was read out by prosecuting barrister Christopher Donnellan KC, during the sentencing on Friday, November 3 at Lincoln Crown Court. It said: “The feeling I have is quite literally indescribable. I went on holiday with five of us and only four of us came back, it’s heartbreaking.
“Knowing I don’t have a dad breaks my heart every time I think about it. I don’t have anyone to take me to prom or walk me down the aisle and I never got to say goodbye.”
She added: “Every night I dream of telling my dad ‘goodnight and I love you.’ I feel so heartbroken and upset, I can hardly explain it. I’m a 12-year-old girl who has to live the rest of my life without my dad because of the selfish act of one person.”
Mr Donnellan also read out a statement from Mr Hart’s mother, which stated: “My darling grandchildren won’t have a father to get them through. It hurts so deeply that we have no more memories to make.
“My son Gareth meant so much to my family, he was a son, brother, father and uncle. He is deeply missed, my pain and sorrow will last my lifetime. I have good and bad days but mostly bad. I thank God for the days I had with Gareth and for my other son.”
A statement was also read out by defence barrister Gordon Aspden KC, on behalf of the defendant. It stated that “there is not a moment that goes by” where he doesn’t “think of the pain Mr Hart’s family must be going through” and “wishes that he had the ability to go back in time and not go drinking that night.”